Update: Klis says Fells signed 3 year deal worth roughly $2 million per year: https://twitter.com/#!/MikeKlis/status/181752386887487488
Guess our TE group lost its starter and one of our best blockers (and underrated receiver) in Daniel Fells, who signed with the Patriots to be a back-up to Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Obviously placing all our free agents on hold while we wait for Peyton to make up his mind about what place he wants to finish out his career didn't reassure Fells that there would be a place for him with the Broncos. Too bad, because I would have liked the Broncos to retain him. It's not clear the Broncos ever made him an offer or that he chose to allow Denver to match or exceed the Patriots offer. As soon as information on the contract terms is available I'll update this post.
Story is from the Boston Herald sports blogs: http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2012/03/19/patriots-reach-an-agreement-with-ex-broncos-starting-te-daniel-fells/
This weekend, the team reached an agreement with Broncos starting TE Daniel Fells, I’m told by a source. An under-the-radar player, Fells will add to a position group that also features Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. He agreed to a three-year deal.
A 6-foot-4, 252-pounder, Fells had 19 catches for 256 yards for the Broncos in 2011. A sound blocker, good locker-room guy, and able pass-catcher, Fells visited New England before the 2010 season, so it’s not the first time the Pat shave been interested. He wound up signing with the Rams and making 41 catches for 391 yards that year.
Fells didn't catch a lot of passes, but he was an integral part of pass protection and our run game. He's a better receiver, in my opinion than his stats last year indicate, as I recall some very difficult and critical catches he made after Tebow became our starter. I am disappointed he chose to leave, but it's hard to blame him, all things considered. But hey, at least we have Joe Mays back in the fold.